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October 13th at 1pm – The Friends of the Kingston Public Library Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Kingston Public Library annual Book Sale will be held outside on Saturday, October 13, 2018 Rain or Shine from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Kingston Public Library, 6 Green Street.  This year’s collection includes thousands of paperbacks, children’s books, novels in almost perfect condition, art books, and a whole Dewey Decimal System of other subjects. We have a great collection at great prices.  Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Kingston Public Library, which supports the Library through programs, sponsorship of museum passes, books, and other special purchases.
Volunteers are still needed for help in the afternoon on the day of the sale.   Please call the Library at 781-585-0517 to volunteer.  This is a great community service project for kids.  Donations of books (no textbooks or magazines, please) will be accepted at the Library during open hours.

Changes to eBook and eAudiobook Collection

On July 1st, we’re introducing a change to our eBook and eAudiobook collection that we’re pretty excited about. We have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks on a number of platforms in recent years. On July 1st, we’ll be streamlining those services a bit and building up the services that work best for Kingston library users.

Axis 360 will be discontinued, but you will find even more books and video on Overdrive and Hoopla in the coming months. Of course, you can continue to stream and download digital music from Hoopla.

We’re excited about making things a little simpler for you!  And remember, we can also help you find digital research resources. If you want help with any of this, drop in to see us or give us a call at 781-831-6272.

For additional information, visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Website.

Thank you, Kingston!

At the June 26th Town Meeting, residents voted to appropriate funds to create a plan for protecting and updating the library building.

A working group has been formed to oversee this project, and we’re excited to get to work. We’ll keep you updated on this page, through our newsletter, and through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Read on for an outline of what the project will do.

As you know, last December Kingston voters decided not to build a new library. In the months since then, library trustees and staff have held many discussions with town officials and residents about how to make the best, most efficient use of the building we have, and solve ongoing issues with an aging building designed for a smaller town and an earlier era.

We listened to the voters, we are considering all the suggestions that people have made — including some very creative ideas from our talented town officials and residents — and we’re ready to move forward.

To do that, we will need the help of an architect and engineers to turn those great ideas into a detailed, workable plan for the building. One of the articles on the June 26th Town Meeting warrant is a request for funds to create plans, drawings, and cost estimates — a practical plan to protect and update this aging municipal building, built in 1971 and remodeled as a library in 1994, and create a modern library Kingston can be proud of.

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Little Free Libraries!

What is a little free library?
A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.

Where are the little free libraries located?
The Little Free Libraries are located in seven different locations around Kingston: Town Hall, Gray’s Beach, The Ah-de-nah, Rocky Nook Brewster Park, The Reed Community Building, Sampson Park, and Kingston Intermediate School.  Libraries were built by the Silver Lake Regional High School Carpentry Program.

How can I donate books?
Once the little free libraries are up and running, simply find one near you and place your donations inside!

The Little Free Libraries are a Kingston Community Fun project, a collaboration of the Library, The Adams Center, Council on Aging & Recreation Departments

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Boston Bruins 11th annual PJ Drive – 101 Pairs Collected!

Thank you to all who donated!  We collected a total of 101 pairs of PJs!  A special thank you to the staff and parents at Crayon College in Kingston and Plymouth for their generous donations!

Over the last 11 years, the Boston Bruins PJ Drive has raised thousands of dollars, and given thousands of PJs to families in need. This year, with a goal of 15,000 new PJs, the drive is poised once again to help thousands of children across the state. To reach this goal, the help of all communities in Massachusetts is needed.  In years past Kingston residents have shown their kindness by contributing generously to this drive.  With the help and support of Kingston residents, thousands of children across Massachusetts can have access to a warm set of PJs, something no kid should be without.

 

 

Libraries Can be More Than Just Books -NY Times

Libraries Can Be More Than Just Books
By MATT A.V. CHABAN
SEPT. 18, 2017

New York has an opportunity, one shared by cities across the country, to improve library infrastructure while creating badly needed housing. By using aging branches as sites for development, new libraries may rise with affordable apartments on top. The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio should seize the chance at sites citywide to link these crucial needs.

Read the full article here.

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We all need libraries!

Watch We All Need Libraries! a fun, eye-opening 3-minute video about Massachusetts libraries and how much they are valued in their communities. For example, did you know that 5 million people attend the home games of the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins — and 34 million Massachusetts residents visit their public libraries every year?